Federal Grants Opportunities

Department / Agency Financial Assistance Program Description and Website Program Amount, Application Deadline, and Allocation Method Eligible Applicants, Objectives, and Emergency Communications-related Allowable Costs Potential Applicability to 911 Projects including Enhanced 911 and Next Generation 911 (NG911)
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Connect
The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. Projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-connect-grants

Program Amount: Minimum grant request amount of $100,000 and maximum of $3,000,000
Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
Competitive: Applicants scored and prioritized to determine selection for further development and funding; minimum 15% match required

Eligible Applicants: State and local governments, federally-recognized Tribes, non-profits, for-profit corporations. Rural areas that lack existing broadband speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream
Objective: Funds broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service
Equipment: Construction, expansion, improvement or acquisition of community center; broadband expansion, construction of communication towers
NOFO Language: Applications should include an analysis of the community-wide challenges and how the project proposes to address these issues, including public safety issues.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients should consider integrating NG911 implementation activities into planning related to public safety efforts.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities
Community Facilities programs provide loans, grants, and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas and towns up to 20,000 in population. Priority is given to health care, education, and public safety projects. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program
Program Amount: Graduated Scale
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round. Contact local office to discuss a specific project
Competitive: Applicants will be carefully scored and prioritized to determine which projects should be selected for further development and funding; varying match requirements

Eligible Applicants:Municipalities, counties, parishes, boroughs, special-purpose districts, non-profit corporations or associations, and Tribal governments
Objective:Funds the purchase, construction, or improvement of essential community facilities
Planning and Organization:Costs of acquiring interest on land
Equipment:Construction and development of hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers, and many other community-based initiatives

NOFO Language:Essential community facilities include public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment.
Interpretation:While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, Community Facilities recipients should consider integrating NG911 implementation into planning related to public safety services, vehicles, or equipment.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program
The Infrastructure Program provides long-term direct and guaranteed loans to qualified organizations for the purpose of financing the improvement, expansion, construction, acquisition, and operation of telephone lines, facilities, or systems to furnish and improve Telecommunications, 911, and Emergency Communications services in rural areas. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/telecommunications-infrastructure-loans-loan-guarantees

Program Amount: Graduated Scale
Application Deadline: Applications for this program are accepted through the General Field Representative year-round
Competitive: Eligible projects are selected based on specific criteria in the NOFO
Eligible Applicants:State and local government entities, federally-recognized Tribes, non-profit corporations, and for-profit businesses
Objective:Funds construction, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas
Planning and Organization:Acquisitions and refinancing
Equipment: Improvement, expansions, and construction of 911 activities and services related to emergency response efforts
NOFO Language:Through this program, USDA will leverage public and private resources to speed the rural deployment of dual-use public safety/commercial wireless networks, address homeland security communications needs along America's rural international borders, and finance enhanced 911 capabilities for carriers and communities. Advantages include the ability to precisely locate rural wireless 911 calls, contact 911 via text message, or send emergency responders photos or videos of crime scenes or accidents. The program finances wireless upgrades for public safety and security.
Interpretation:Recipients should consider integrating NG911 strategic planning and implementation with efforts to enhance 911 capabilities.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT)
The purpose of the DLT program is to fund telecommunications enabled information, audio and video equipment, and related advanced technologies which extend educational and medical applications into rural areas. Funds may also be used to provide for communication upgrades between ambulances, emergency transportation vehicles, and medical facilities. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants
Program Amount: Minimum grant request amount of $50,000 and maximum grant request of $1,000,000 per application
Application Deadline: 4/10/2020
Competitive: Eligible projects are selected based on specific criteria in the NOFO; minimum 15% match is required
Eligible Applicants:Entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including most state and local governmental entities, federally- recognized Tribes, non-profits, for-profit businesses, and consortia of eligible entities
Objective:Funds rural communities use of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density
Equipment:Acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as broadband transmission facilities; audio, video and interactive video equipment; terminal and data terminal equipment; computer hardware, network components, and software; inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services
Personnel/Training:Instructional programming that is a capital asset, technical assistance, and instruction for using equipment

Application Guide Language: The purpose of the DLT grant program is to deliver education or medical care between remote sites via telecommunications, not simply to furnish educational or medical technology.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients should consider integrating NG911 strategic planning with efforts to increase education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise unavailable or limited in scope.
Department of Commerce (DOC) Accelerate R2 Network Challenge
The purpose of this program is to create a strategic nationwide network of organizations working to address disaster response and resiliency (R2) challenges with innovative technologies. https://www.eda.gov/oie/accelerate-r2/
Program Amount: $1,000,000
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent by 1/8/2020 and application by 3/11/2020
Formula-based: A minimum of 50% matching requirement
Eligible Applicants: State, Tribe, city, or other political subdivision of a state, an entity whose application is supported by a state or a political subdivision of a state, or a consortium of any of these entities
Objectives: Funds to create a nationwide network or networks that will enable and support innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to bring transformative technologies into the response and resiliency markets
Personnel: Stakeholders such as first responders and public safety officials
Equipment: Nationwide network technologies

NOFO Language: The Accelerate R2 Network Challenge is a new grant program designed to connect stakeholders in the disaster response and resiliency industries across geographies to accelerate the pace at which startups, established corporations, and other organizations bring technological innovations into the market.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients should consider creating innovative solutions for NG911 and first responders.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)
HPP purpose is to strengthen and enhance the acute care medical surge capacity through the maintenance and growth of strong health care coalitions. The goals of health care preparedness and response capabilities include: 1) Foundation for Health Care and Medical Readiness; 2) Health Care and Medical Response Coordination; 3) Continuity of Health Care Service Delivery; and 4) Medical Surge. https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/hpp/Pages/default.aspx
Program Amount: Up to $231,500,000
Application Deadline: 5/3/2019*
Formula-based: Cooperative agreement is awarded to states or consortium of states with 10% matching requirement

*FY 2020 funding was not posted at the time of publishing this list. Check the program website for details on new funding opportunities.
Eligible Applicants: State, county, city, or township, and special district governments
Objective: Funds to build acute care medical surge capacity
Personnel: Staff to assist with planning, training, and exercises
Planning: Engage emergency communications stakeholders in planning; develop assessments and inventories
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises
NOFO Language: HHS recommended a tiered strategy for improving capabilities in Tier 1, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, which include: Responder Safety and Health; Emergency Operations Coordination; Emergency Public Information and Warning; and Information Sharing. Examples of information sharing systems that contribute to the incident common operating picture include but are not limited to the following: bed tracking systems, emergency medical services information systems, health alert networks, patient tracking systems, 911 call centers and systems, web-enabled emergency management communications systems, and credentialing systems.
Interpretation: HPP recipients should consider integrating NG911 implementation into emergency operations coordination and information sharing systems.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
PHEP purpose is to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of state, local, and territorial public health systems to respond effectively (e.g., mitigate the loss of life and reduce the threats to the community’s health and safety) to evolving threats and other emergencies, and improve the readiness of the public health system to save lives during emergencies that exceed the day-to-day capacity and capability of the public health emergency response systems. https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/readiness/phep.htm
Program Amount: Up to $620,250,000; average award of $10,000,000
Application Deadline: 3/17/2020
Formula-based: Cooperative agreement is awarded to states or consortium of states with 10% matching requirement
Eligible Applicants: State, county, city, or township, and special district governments
Objective: Funds to advance development of effective public health emergency management and response programs
Personnel: Staff to assist with planning, training, and exercises
Planning: Whole community planning for all populations, including tribal engagement
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises; Continuity of operations and administrative preparedness plans tested via tabletop exercises
Equipment: Personal protective equipment

NOFO Language: PHEP funding will ensure recipients continue to develop and sustain effective public health emergency management and response capability according to standards described in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health. These standards provide a framework to ensure that recipients, based on the PHEP logic model, apply findings from their jurisdictional risk assessments, capability self-assessments, and after-action reports to inform their strategic priorities and direct jurisdictional preparedness investments.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients should consider integrating NG911 strategic planning and implementation into emergency operations coordination and information sharing systems.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG)
EMPG assists state, local and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards. The intent is to provide granting funding to assist state emergency management agencies in obtaining the resources required to support the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. https://www.fema.gov/emergency-management-performance-grant-program
Program Amount: $355,100,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Formula-based: Amounts for each state/territory are listed in the NOFO; 50% match is required
Eligible Applicants: State Administrative Agency (SAA) of states/territories or Emergency Management Agency
Objective: Funds activities that address cybersecurity and building and sustaining core capabilities
Planning and Organization: Developing/updating Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP), Tactical Interoperability Communications Plans, Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR), and Continuity of Operations (COOP)
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises
Equipment: Cybersecurity enhancements, interoperable communications; maintenance and sustainment (e.g., upgrades, user fees, warranties); construction/renovation of communication towers
NOFO Language: EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas described in the National Preparedness Goal. DHS requires recipients to prioritize grant funding to demonstrate how investments support closing capability gaps or sustaining capabilities identified in the THIRA/SPR process.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, EMPG recipients should consider integrating NG911 strategic planning into emergency management efforts. Additionally, EMPG recipients should include NG911 activities in the SCIP, THIRA/SPR, COOP, and other plans.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)
TSGP directly supports transportation infrastructure security activities. It is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. https://www.fema.gov/transit-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $88,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Competitive: Eligible transit agencies are determined based on daily unlinked passenger trips (ridership) and transit systems that serve historically eligible urban areas
Eligible Applicants: Publicly owned operators of public transportation
Objective: Funds public transportation systems to protect critical transportation infrastructure and the travelling public from terrorism, and to increase transportation infrastructure resilience
Planning and Organization: Security plans and protocols; regional communications enhancement
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises
Equipment: Related to physical security enhancements and cybersecurity of security cameras, security screening equipment, access control, sensors, badge readers, etc.
NOFO Language: TSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience. In assessing the national risk profile, three areas attract the most concern: 1) Enhancing cybersecurity; 2) Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places; and 3) Addressing emerging threats. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing critical transportation infrastructure: 1) Effective planning; 2) Training and awareness campaigns; 3) Equipment and capital projects; and 4) Exercises.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, TSGP investments to enhance security plans, protocols, and assessments may be integrated into NG911 strategic planning and implementation.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)
PSGP provides funding to port authorities, facility operators, and state and local agencies required to provide security services to implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and facility security plans. https://www.fema.gov/port-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $100,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Competitive: Port areas will be selected for funding through a competitive review process; Recipients must provide at least 25% match either cash or in-kind contribution, for all public sector and non-governmental, nonprofit recipients; Private, for-profit recipients must provide at least 50% match either cash or in-kind contribution
Program Amount: $100,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Competitive: Port areas will be selected for funding through a competitive review process; Recipients must provide at least 25% match either cash or in-kind contribution, for all public sector and non-governmental, nonprofit recipients; Private, for-profit recipients must provide at least 50% match either cash or in-kind contribution
NOFO Language: PSGP provides funds to state, territorial, local, and private sector partners to support increased port-wide risk management and protect critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 activities may be eligible for PSGP funds as the program prioritizes spending on efforts to respond quickly to catastrophic incidents. Qualified interoperable equipment that can be used for NG911 efforts include specialized communications devices for point-to-point communications. Investments on GIS systems are also eligible, which would support emergency communications activities under NG911. Funds for cybersecurity developments may also overlap with NG911 projects.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) / State Homeland Security Program (SHSP)
SHSP supports the implementation of risk driven, capabilities-based State Homeland Security Strategies to address capability targets set in urban area, state, and regional Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review process, which inform planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $415,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
Formula-based: Targeted allocation ranges for each state/territory are listed in the NOFO; awards will be allocated based on risk and anticipated effectiveness
Eligible Applicants: SAAs of states/territories; SAA must pass through 80% to local units of government
Objectives: Funds to build/sustain core capabilities; continuity of operations; cybersecurity enhancements; law enforcement/terrorism prevention
Planning and Organization: Develop whole community partnerships; program management; intelligence analysts
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises related to emergency communications, special events
Equipment: Cybersecurity enhancements, interoperable communications; information technology (IT); maintenance and sustainment (e.g., upgrades, user fees, warranties); supplies
NOFO Language: Recipients investing in emergency communications must describe how activities align to the SCIP; as well as coordinate with their Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and/or Statewide Interoperability Governance Body (SIGB) when developing an emergency communications investment prior to submission to ensure the project supports the statewide strategy and is compatible and interoperable with surrounding systems.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients may integrate NG911 efforts into emergency communications activities that focus on responding to mass casualty incidents or catastrophic events and acts of terrorism. Investments in mobile and portable electronic countermeasure systems, specialized communications devices for point-to-point communications, and cybersecurity projects, may overlap with NG911 implementation.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Grant Program / Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)
UASI program addresses the unique risk driven and capabilities-based planning, organization, equipment, training, exercise needs, of high-threat, high-density Urban Areas based on the capability targets identified during the Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review process. https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $615,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
Formula-based: Targeted allocation ranges for each state/territory are listed in the NOFO; awards will be allocated based on risk and anticipated effectiveness
Eligible Applicants: SAA on behalf of eligible areas listed in the NOFO; SAA must pass through 80% to local units of government in the designated UASI
Objectives: Funds to build/sustain core capabilities; continuity of operations; cybersecurity enhancements; law enforcement/terrorism prevention
Planning and Organization: Develop whole community partnerships; program management; intelligence analysts
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises related to emergency communications, special events
Equipment: Cybersecurity enhancements, interoperable communications; IT; maintenance and sustainment (e.g., upgrades, user fees, warranties); emergency supplies
NOFO Language: Recipients investing in emergency communications must describe how activities align to the SCIP, as well as coordinate with their (SWIC and/or SIGB when developing an emergency communications investment prior to submission to ensure the project supports the statewide strategy and is compatible and interoperable with surrounding systems.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, recipients may integrate NG911 efforts into emergency communications activities that focus on responding to mass casualty incidents or catastrophic events and acts of terrorism. Investments in mobile and portable electronic countermeasure systems, specialized communications devices for point-to-point communications, cybersecurity projects, and GIS data gathering, may overlap with NG911 implementation.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Grant Program / Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)
OPSG supports enhanced cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States’ borders along routes of ingress from international borders. This includes travel corridors in states bordering Mexico and Canada, as well as states and territories with international water borders. https://www.fema.gov/homeland-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $90,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
Competitive: States eligible to apply are listed in the NOFO
Eligible Applicants: SAA on behalf of selected OPSG grant recipient; SAA must pass through 100% to selected local units of government
Objectives: Funds support to U.S. border security
Personnel: 50% cap
Planning and Organization: Coordination among jurisdictions, disciplines, various levels of governments (e.g., travel, per diem, overtime)
Equipment: Emergency equipment and vehicles, data systems
NOFO Language: OPSG supports the achievement of the National Preparedness Goal by funding enhancements for responding quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, OPSG investments to increase operational, material, and technological readiness of state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies may be integrated into NG911 activities to ensure timely response to catastrophic incidents.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)
THSGP supports the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities to enable Tribes to strengthen their capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist attacks and other hazards. https://www.fema.gov/tribal-homeland-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $15,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Competitive: Selected Tribes may receive funding following a competitive peer review process; No match requirement
Eligible Applicants: Federally-recognized Tribes
Objectives: Funds homeland security initiatives for Tribes
Personnel: 50% cap
Planning and Organization: Prioritizing needs; updating preparedness strategies; allocating resources across stakeholder groups and levels of government; implementing standardized resource management concepts
Equipment: Related to communications, emergency supplies
Maintenance and Sustainment: Upgrades, user fees, warranties Construction and Renovation: Communication towers

NOFO Language: THSGP provides funding directly to eligible Tribes to strengthen capacities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist attacks.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, THSGP funds may be applied to mobile and portable electronic countermeasures systems, specialized communications devices for point-to-point communications, GIS data gathering, and cybersecurity developments that may support NG911 implementation.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)
NSGP-UASI ($50,000,000): Provides funding support for target hardening activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and located within one of the UASI- eligible Areas. NSGP-State ($40,000,000) Provides funding for nonprofit organizations located outside of FY 2018 UASI-designated Urban Areas. NSGP promotes coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives as well as state and local government agencies. https://www.fema.gov/nonprofit-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $90,000,000
Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
Competitive: Nonprofit organizations may receive funding following a competitive review process
Eligible Applicants: SAA on behalf of nonprofit organizations within eligible UASIs; SAA must obligate 100% to selected nonprofit organizations
Objectives: Funds physical security enhancements and other security-related activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. NSGP also seeks to integrate preparedness activities of nonprofit organizations with broader state and local preparedness efforts Planning: Development and enhancement of security plans and protocols; development or further strengthening of security assessments; emergency contingency plans; evacuation/shelter-in-place plans
Training: Security-related training courses and programs
Equipment: Target hardening, physical security enhancements, and inspection and screening systems

NOFO Language: DHS is focused on forging partnerships to strengthen information sharing and collaboration in each of these priority areas (i.e., enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places; effective planning; training and awareness campaigns; and exercises) and looking for NSPG recipients to remove barriers to communication and cooperation with DHS and other federal agencies.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 strategic planning and implementation activities may be eligible.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intercity Passenger Rail-Amtrak (IPR) Program
IPR Program provides funding to the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of the Amtrak rail system. https://www.fema.gov/intercity-passenger-rail-amtrak
Program Amount: $10,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020 Cooperative Agreement between FEMA and Amtrak: All funds are awarded to Amtrak Eligible Applicants: Private operators providing transportation by an over-the-road bus in UASI jurisdiction
Objectives: Funds transportation infrastructure security activities for the Amtrak System Planning: Security plans; protocols; education; outreach Training and Exercises: Crew communication and coordination; emergency preparedness drills and exercises
Equipment: Related to interoperable communications, maintenance and sustainment, construction / renovation of communication towers
NOFO Language: IPR priorities include: 1) Enhancing cybersecurity; 2) Enhancing the protection of soft targets/crowded places; and 3) Addressing emerging threats. Likewise, there are several enduring security needs that crosscut the homeland security enterprise. The following are second-tier priorities that help recipients implement a comprehensive approach to securing critical transportation infrastructure: 1) Effective planning; 2) Training and awareness campaigns; 3) Equipment and capital projects; and 4) Exercises.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, NG911 strategic planning and implementation activities may be eligible.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)
IBSGP provides funding to owners and operators of intercity bus systems located within the UASI-eligible Urban Areas, to protect critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism and to increase the resilience of transit infrastructure. https://www.fema.gov/intercity-bus-security-grant-program
Program Amount: $2,000,000 Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
Competitive: Eligible applicants must complete a vulnerability assessment and develop a security plan
Eligible Applicants: Private operators providing transportation by an over-the-road bus in UASI jurisdiction
Objectives: Funds critical infrastructure hardening and physical security enhancements to support transit operators serving the Nation’s highest-risk metropolitan areas
Planning and Organization: Governance integration
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises
Equipment: Cybersecurity enhancements, facility security; vehicle / driver security, construction and renovation projects
Eligible Applicants: Private operators providing transportation by an over-the-road bus in UASI jurisdiction
Objectives: Funds critical infrastructure hardening and physical security enhancements to support transit operators serving the Nation’s highest-risk metropolitan areas
Planning and Organization: Governance integration
Training/Exercises: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training and exercises
Equipment: Cybersecurity enhancements, facility security; vehicle / driver security, construction and renovation projects

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG)
AFG supports firefighters and emergency response personnel by providing critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. https://www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant
Program Amount: $315,000,000 Application Deadline: 3/20/2020
Competitive: Cost share is based on population
Eligible Applicants: Fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations, and state fire training academies
Objectives: Procurement of critically needed equipment necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards
Planning and Organization: Prioritizing community needs; reduce the risk of special hazards
Equipment: Project 25 interoperable communications equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources
Eligible Applicants: Fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations, and state fire training academies
Objectives: Procurement of critically needed equipment necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards
Planning and Organization: Prioritizing community needs; reduce the risk of special hazards
Equipment: Project 25 interoperable communications equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 20.1
The SBIR program is a congressionally mandated small business set-aside designed to stimulate technological innovation and foster small business and private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal Research and Development. https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/sbir
Program Amount: Phase I awards are limited to $100,000; Phase II awards are limited to $750,000; Phase III awards are unlimited
Application Deadline: Pre-solicitation by 12/17/2019 and proposal submission by 1/22/2020
Competitive: Each grant proposal will be evaluated on relevance of the specific concept as it relates to SBIR topics
Eligible Applicants: Small businesses
Objectives: Funds research to develop new processes, products, and technologies in support of the missions of the U.S. Government
Research and Development: Consist of topics relevant to the NG911 Multimedia Content Analysis Engine Capability for the Emergency Communications Cyber Security Center; Remote Sensor Data Protection and Anti-Spoofing; Digital Paging over Public Television; Soft Targets and Crowded Places Security; In- building Coverage Analysis System (ICAS) Using Existing First Responder’s Radio and Smartphone; Handheld Advanced Detection/Imaging Technology System; Enhanced Explosives and Illicit Drugs Detection by Targeted Interrogation of Surfaces; Urban Canyon Detection Tracking and Identification of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Machine Learning Module for Detection Technologies; Innovative Technologies for Next Generation of Sample Collection Media; Development and Evaluation of Nucleic Acid-Based Assays to Accelerate Biohazard Detection

NOFO Language: Supports research projects that enable first responders to communicate seamlessly, a next generation communications system must include the following features: multimedia; user friendly; scalable; streamlined; ruggedized; weight and size; and availability.
Interpretation: NG911 is mentioned in this year’s SBIR topics; investments may support NG911 strategic planning and implementation as part of next generation communications systems and cybersecurity enhancements.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Community Policing Development (CPD)
CPD program advances the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. https://cops.usdoj.gov/cpd
Program Amount: Up to $5,600,000 available Application Deadline: 4/14/2020
Competitive: Awards or cooperative agreements granted to projects related to public safety topics
Eligible Applicants: Local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies
Objectives: Funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies
Personnel: Law enforcement
Training: Travel-related costs
Equipment: Technology, supplies
NOFO Language: The COPS Office is aware that some rural communities have limited financial and technological resources to train their law enforcement personnel, often extending beyond the availability of equipment, and that funding constraints can make it impracticable to send officers and deputies to attend quality training as travel costs alone can take a toll on a small agency’s budget.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, CPD recipients may integrate NG911 activities into planning related to community policing through partnerships, organizational management and systems, and problem- solving techniques to develop and test innovative systems.

Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS CPD Microgrants
CPD Microgrants funds are used to advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, the development of innovative community policing strategies, guidebooks, and promising practices that are national in scope and responsive to the solicitation topic requirements. https://cops.usdoj.gov/cpd
Program Amount: Up to $2,300,000 available Application Deadline: 3/11/2020
Competitive: Awards or cooperative agreements granted to projects related to public safety topics
Eligible Applicants: Local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies
Objectives: Funds are used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies
Personnel: Staff for project activities, contractors
Training: Travel-related costs
Equipment: Technology, supplies
NOFO Language: CPD funding is used to develop the capacity of law enforcement to implement community policing strategies by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, CPD recipients may integrate NG911 activities into planning related to community policing through partnerships, organizational management and systems, and problem- solving techniques. These efforts can address public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)
CTAS seeks to improve public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. The program provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues and to apply for funding. https://cops.usdoj.gov/ctas
Program Amount: Tribes with a sworn force of 1-9 officers are eligible for $500,000; 10-20 officers are eligible for $700,000; 20+ officers are eligible for $9000,000
Application Deadline: 2/25/2020
Competitive: Applications focus on: enhance law enforcement, bolster justice systems, prevent youth substance abuse, address violence against women, serve crime victims, and support other efforts to combat crime

Eligible Applicants: Federally-recognized Tribes or Tribal consortiums
Objectives: Funds implementation of community policing and meets the most serious needs of law enforcement in Tribal Nations
Personnel: Staff for technical assistance, law enforcement officers
Training: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training
Equipment: Uniforms, basic issue equipment, technology, and vehicles
Eligible Applicants: Federally-recognized Tribes or Tribal consortiums
Objectives: Funds implementation of community policing and meets the most serious needs of law enforcement in Tribal Nations
Personnel: Staff for technical assistance, law enforcement officers
Training: Develop, deliver, attend, and evaluate training
Equipment: Uniforms, basic issue equipment, technology, and vehicles
Department of Justice (DOJ) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. https://www.bja.gov/jag/ Program Amount: JAG Program awards are calculated using violent crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Application Deadline: 5/11/2020
Formula-based: JAG awards are based on a statutory formula in the solicitation
Eligible Applicants: Local government units; federally-recognized Tribes; law enforcement district; judicial enforcement district established under state law
Objectives: Funds law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams
Personnel: Technical assistance, contractual support
Training: Develop and deliver trainings
Equipment: Supplies, information systems for criminal justice Research and Development: Criminal justice-related research and evaluation activities

NOFO Language: Funds may be used to provide additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems related to criminal justice.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, JAG recipients should consider integrating NG911 strategies to improve functioning of the criminal justice system where applicable.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Strategies in Policing Innovation (SPI) Program
SPI funds support to reduce crime and improve the functionality of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for innovative and evidence-based policing practices, more effective information sharing, and multi-agency collaboration. https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-17028
Program Amount: Up to $7,000,000 available Application Deadline: 5/12/2020
Competitive: SPI applicants must focus on promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices
Program Amount: Up to $7,000,000 available Application Deadline: 5/12/2020
Competitive: SPI applicants must focus on promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices
NOFO Language: Funds may be used to implement technology-driven justice information-sharing solutions at the state, local, territorial, and tribal levels that result in significant cost and time savings and enhance criminal justice policies and practices that promote public safety and reduce crime.
Interpretation: While NG911 is not specifically mentioned, SPI recipients should consider integrating innovative NG911 technology strategies to improve operational challenges and reduce violent crime.